Chunshan Song, distinguished professor of fuel science and professor of chemical engineering, was invited by the U.S. Energy Association (USEA) to brief them on Penn State’s carbon dioxide conversion research. He gave a briefing presentation titled “Turning CO2 into Chemicals and Fuels for Sustainable Energy Development,” earlier this spring in Washington, D.C.
Song’s briefing focused on the importance and the state of the art of capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into chemicals, fuels and materials using renewable energy. The presentation highlighted some of the ongoing carbon dioxide capture and conversion research that Song’s research group conducts at Penn State.
“Carbon dioxide conversion and utilization using renewable energy could be one of the long-term solutions to reducing excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Song said. “It was an honor to be able to share some of our research at Penn State with the representatives of the Department of Energy, industrial R&D, and other organizations at USEA .”
Song serves as the director of the Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) and associate director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. He is also the Chair of International Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization which is held in Europe, America, and Asia in turn on annual basis.
The USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations and government agencies that seeks to increase understanding of both domestic and international energy issues.